Oregon State University received nearly $5 million from the federal government to create a new center for environmental health research that will be used to protect children against lead, arsenic, and other toxic substances in the environment. Researchers will use the grant funds to pilot outreach activities for at-risk groups as well as early childhood educators. The project will focus on conditions such asthma. This condition affects more than 60,000. It can also be triggered by environmental factors like dust mites or wildfire smoke. Molly Kile is a professor of public health, human sciences at Oregon State University and a part of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission.
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